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Digitized Rare Books: Library of Congress Introduces Rare Book and Special Collections Division Web Portal

Digitized Rare Books: Library of Congress Introduces Rare Book and Special Collections Division Web Portal | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
From The Library of Congress Blog: There is a mystique surrounding libraries with old, rare books, and the Library of Congress is no exception. Just think of all the dark and vast vaults of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division that are closed to the public and imagine what undiscovere
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Comics Shops Fight Bookstores In the Race to Sell Graphic Novels

Comics Shops Fight Bookstores In the Race to Sell Graphic Novels | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
At a time when American comics and graphic novels have never been more popular, the way these works are purchased is being transformed by a new wave of consumers.
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The Life Cycle of a Book

The Life Cycle of a Book | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Author-illustrator Elisha Cooper reflects on the bookmaking process, from initial idea to finished product.
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California Rescinds Autograph Mandate for Booksellers

California Rescinds Autograph Mandate for Booksellers | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
California’s controversial law that requires booksellers to obtain a certificate of authenticity before they could sell books autographed by authors has been rescinded.
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Self-Published ISBNs Hit 786,935 in 2016

Self-Published ISBNs Hit 786,935 in 2016 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
An 11% increase in the number of print ISBNs issued to self-publishers last year, offset a decline in the number of digital ISBNs issued. In total, 2016 saw an 8% jump in the number of ISBNs issued to self-publishers, over 2015.
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Agents and publishers condemn violence at Frankfurt Book Fair 

Agents and publishers condemn violence at Frankfurt Book Fair  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Students told researchers they preferred and performed better when reading on screens. But their actual performance tended to suffer.

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There is something about a book that is more intimate.
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Barnes & Noble Now Redistributing Unused Credits From the eBook Antitrust Settlement | The Digital Reader

Barnes & Noble Now Redistributing Unused Credits From the eBook Antitrust Settlement | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon isn't the only ebook retailer sending out credits for the ebook antitrust settlement this week; Barnes & Noble has also announced that it is disbursing additional credits starting today, and this time we actually know why. The retailer has updated the settlement FAQ on its site with the new details about the credits that are about to be awarded to ebook buyers. To put it simply, anyone who spent the settlement credit when it was first distributed in June 2017 is now going to get a share of the settlement money that was distributed but not spent. The court approved a re-distribution of remaining funds from the Apple Settlement on September 7, 2017 to customers that used their credit or cashed their check from the first Apple distribution that concluded in June of 2017. Credits to customers that were eligible for a re-distribution were emailed on October 18, 2017. Postcard checks were mailed to eligible customers on October 18, 2017. Per the court approved order, checks for an amount less than or equal to $3.00 have not been and will not be issued. If you did not use your credit or cash your check from the first distribution that [...]
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Wattpad Launches Paid Subscription Service | The Digital Reader

Wattpad Launches Paid Subscription Service | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Wattpad continues to struggle to overcome its mistake in its early years when it choose to build its platform but not its business model. The author-focused social network has tried sponsored stories, pimping authors to publishers, interrupting stories with ads, and now it is launching a paid subscription service. It announced the launch on its blog yesterday. Since Wattpad was founded over 10 years ago, we’ve always prided ourselves on our commitment to listening to our community. As we’ve grown from just 1,000 users in our early days to a global community of more than 60 million people today, we continue to pay close attention to what our users want to improve their Wattpad experience. One of the most frequent requests we hear from Wattpadders is for an option to enjoy an ad-free experience on Wattpad. So starting today, we’re thrilled to launch Wattpad Premium for community members in Canada and the US! Wattpad Premium is our first-ever subscription tier, giving Wattpadders more control over their experience on the platform and the ability to enjoy an uninterrupted, ad-free experience. Wattpad Premium will be available for $5.99 per month or $59.99 upfront for the year (a savings of two months). At launch, Wattpad Premium will [...]
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Librarians Attempt A Kardashian-Inspired Photoshoot, And The Result Is Even Better Than The Original

Librarians Attempt A Kardashian-Inspired Photoshoot, And The Result Is Even Better Than The Original | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Marking the first decade of their TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the family has posed for the cover of Hollywood Reporter. After seeing it, these
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Concept, Creation & Marketing – why we all need a good brief 

Concept, Creation & Marketing – why we all need a good brief  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
It’s ironic that an event all about a good quality design brief started with me totally failing to pay attention to my own brief for the evening: after a long Tube journey, I rocked up at The Library, ready for BookMachine fun, only to discover everyone else had gone to The Driver at King’s Cross. …
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Legimi Bundles eReader With its eBook Subscription Service 

Legimi Bundles eReader With its eBook Subscription Service  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The Polish ebook service Legimi is now offering new subscribers the chance to buy an ereader for a euro. Anyone who signs up for a "Legimi without limit" subscription for a two-year term can purchase either a Pocketbook Touch Lux or Inkbook Prime ereader for 1 euro (in Germany; the price in Poland is 1 zloty). The subscription costs $17 euros per month, and includes both audiobooks and ebooks. It is only available in Poland and Germany, and it currently offers access to more than 80,000 ebooks and around 1,700 audiobooks. A further 220,000 ebooks and 25,000 audiobooks can be purchased through Legimi's shop. Those who don't want an ereader can also read the ebooks in Legimi's apps for Android and iOS. BuchReport.de Check These Out!
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Traditional publishing CEOs are happy to sell fewer ebooks

Traditional publishing CEOs are happy to sell fewer ebooks | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
I was just looking over the English version of remarks given by Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle at the Frankfurt Book Fair in the last few days, and there are a few interesting tidbits to pic…
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The Top e-Readers of 2017

The Top e-Readers of 2017 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Good e-Reader reviews every single e-ink device in the world and we know a thing or two about digital reading and hardware. This year a ton of new e-readers have been announced or have been on sale for a number of weeks. If you are looking to purchase a new device in the next few months or to give as a gift to a loved one, this is the definitive video for you. The Kindle Oasis The all new Kindle Oasis features a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with resolution of 1680 x 1264 and 300 PPI. It includes includes 12 LEDs for uniform lighting across the screen and allows you to read in the dark. The Kindle Voyage was the first Kindle with an ambient light sensors that adjusts the brightness as you move from room to room, or from outdoors to indoors and the all new Oasis has the same functionality. This is the first waterproof Kindle ever released and it carries a IPX8 rating, which means you can use it in the bathtub or the beach. The new Kindle Oasis has audiobook functionality and you can buy them a new audiobook section from the Amazon bookstore. It does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack or a speaker, but it does have Bluetooth. You can hook up your favorite pair of wireless headphones or an external speakers. Kobo Aura One The Kobo Aura One features the largest E-Ink screen that Kobo has ever produced. It is 7.8 inches and the resolution is 1872 by 1404, which works out to a crisp 300 pixels per inch. The screen is completely flush with the bezel, which gives you a wider area to turn pages in e-books or pinch and zoom PDF files. The front-lit display has 17 LED lights that project light upwards, proving even distribution. There is no cloudy areas when you turn the lighting system down to 50% and the only product that does it slightly better is the Amazon Kindle Oasis. Unlike every other e-reader on the market, Kobo is using RGB lights, instead of white bulbs. This gives you a comfortlight system that mutes the bright white screen. Underneath the hood is a Freescale 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, the same as you get with most new Kindles. There is 8GB of internal storage and there is no publicly available SD card. Instead, the SD card is grafted to the circuit board and powers the Linux operating system.. There is no easy way to remove the back platting, because of the waterproof design. This device is waterproof and is the only e-reader in the world that has Overdrive functionality. You can browse, borrow and read right on the Aura One, instead of having to use Adobe Digital Editions. Sony Digital Paper DPT-RP1 The DPT-RP1 features a 13.3 inch E-Ink Carta screen with a resolution of 2200 x 1650 and 207 PPI. The screen is completely flush with the bezel and not only does this make the device have a premium feel, it also provides a ton of benefits. You can easily employ the stylus to take notes from one edge of the screen to the other, whereas the original Digital Paper had a sunken screen and was more challenging to do this Underneath the hood is a Marvell IAP140 64-bit Quad-core IoT Applications Processor and ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, up to 1.2GHz, and has a separate power low-power Cortex M3. It has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, but when you power it on the first time, there is 11 GB. The rest is reserved for the Google Android operating system and some of the stock PDF templates that are available. This device has a lot of cool features going for it. You can initiate a split screen mode where you can do anything. I like being able to have a PDF open on one side and on the other the note taking app. I also liked how quick and robust the drawing experience is. Remarkable The 10.3 inch-writing tablet is appealing for consumers who want an extensive note taking experience and want to read e-books. This is the first product made by Remarkable and it is a very compelling first offering. They begun to take pre-orders last year, sold over 36,000 devices, and raised over $17 million. I believe that this is the best device of its kind currently on the market and trounces the competition. The Remarkable Writing Tablet features a 10.3-inch Canvas display and utilizes E-Ink Carta. The screen has a capacitive touchscreen and you can interact with most elements with your finger or the accompanied stylus. The note taking experience has palm rejection technology, which means you can easily rest your palm on it. The screen is completely flush with the bezel and the resolution is 1872×1404 with 226 PPI. Underneath the hood is a 1GHZ Arm A8 CPU processor and 512MB of RAM. You have 8GB of internal storage and there is no SD card. The Remarkable has Wi-Fi that is primarily uses to fetch firmware updates and to synchronize your notes on a local network. This device does not have an internet browser or any other way to connect to websites. I like how this device reads PDF and EPUB books. The drawing experience is really solid, it has tons of advanced options. The screen has palm rejection technology and the stylus has over 1,000 degrees of pressure sensitivity - the harder you press, the thicker the lines become. Tolino EPOS The Tolino EPOS e-reader features a 7.8 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1872 × 1404 with 300 PPI. This is the first Tolino branded product that is larger than six inches and should be a boon for anyone who needs extra screen real estate to read ebooks. Underneath the hood is a Freescale i.MX6 1GHZ processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. You will get around three weeks of usage via the 1200 mAh battery. The Tolino Vision series of e-readers have consistently been waterproof and this is the first model of a new series that you can also read in the bathtub or take the beach. Tolino EPOS has a front-lit display to illuminate the screen so you can read digital content at night. This is the second model from the company that employs smartlight that will change the color of the screen from cold white light in the morning to warm white light in the evening. It is also waterproof, so you can take it anywhere. Icarus XL HD The Icarus XL HD features a 7.8 inch E INk Carta display with Regal Waveform. The resolution is 1404×1872 and 300 PPI. Underneath the hood is a 1.8 GHZ processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack that you can use to plug in a pair of headphones or speakers. The front-lit display is glorious and it has 10 LED lights which evenly distribute light across the screen. We review a lot of e-readers and normally we can tell exactly where the LED lights are positioned, due to light spillage from the LED lights, the Icarus is the exception. It was challenging to determine exactly where the LED lights were, because the lighting system is really polished. The Icarus is bundled with a number of fonts to get you reading right away, including the Amazon Bookerly font. Reading is really good with the stock app, but likely you will want to download your favorite such as KOREADER, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Moon+ Reader or any other e-reading app you want. This device is running Android 4.2. Honorable Mention Bookeen Saga/Nolim - I really like the overall design of this new e-reader and Bookeen won a few awards. I think this device is really put together well and is super stylish.
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Overdrive is Including an Audiobook for their Big Library Read Program

Overdrive is Including an Audiobook for their Big Library Read Program | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Overdrive Big Library Read is a program that runs a few times a year and each e-book title has an unlimited number of loans and no wait list for a two week period. In the past, Overdrive has just focused on e-books, but for the first time ever they now have an audiobook participating in the program. For the next two weeks The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett will be available in over 21,000 participating libraries and schools. While enjoying this thrilling young adult title, participants can visit our Big Library Read website to share their thoughts with readers across the globe on our discussion board and even chat with the author herself! [adrotate banner="6"]
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9 Manuscript Editing Software Programs Reviewed

9 Manuscript Editing Software Programs Reviewed | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
While a good, professional (human) editor is invaluable to your book – the purchase of manuscript editing software can be another prudent investment.
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Amazon and B&N E-Book Settlement Credits Are Being Disbursed

Amazon and B&N E-Book Settlement Credits Are Being Disbursed | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kobo are beginning to dispatch e-book settlement credits to users accounts. This is the second time this year that this has occurred and people who used their previous credits to put towards more e-books have suddenly received more. The main reason extra credits are being sent out is because there was a large percentage of users who did not bother redeeming them before June 24th and this amounted to a large amount of money. Instead of the retailers just pocketing the money, as many thought they would, they instead divided up all of the unclaimed credits and sent them out today. If you are an existing customer who purchased an ebook from a major publisher between April 1st 2010 and May 21st 2012 you will be getting more credits. The amount of credit you will receive will be dependant on if it was on the New York Times Bestseller List on or not. The exact number of credits you will receive will be sent over via an automated email. Amazon has already sent one out to all of their users yesterday and Barnes and Noble will start emailing them out over a three day period, beginning today. There is no word on when Kobo will start sending out notifications, but they do have until the end of the month. [adrotate banner="6"]
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Personalised kids' books are nothing new - but the diversity in Family Stories is 

Personalised kids' books are nothing new - but the diversity in Family Stories is  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Family Stories is another contender in the personlised kids' book market. The difference? This one's focused on diversity.
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Publishers fear for territorial rights as business turns global | The Bookseller

Publishers fear for territorial rights as business turns global | The Bookseller | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
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E-Readers are Undergoing a Resurgence in 2017

E-Readers are Undergoing a Resurgence in 2017 | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The second generation Amazon Kindle Oasis has provided a financial windfall for E-Ink Holdings, the company that powers the e-paper display. E-Ink has reported that they have experienced a four year high for September. EIH September revenues reached NT$1.691 billion (US$56.03 million) for September, up 3.3% on month and 11.3% on year. Revenues for the third quarter of 2017 totaled NT$4.791 billion, up 29.8% on quarter and 7.8% on year. Some of our regular readers might wonder why I report on the financial earnings of a singular e-paper company. E-Ink powers the screens of every single e-reader on the market, this includes the Icarus, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and Onyx Boox. Pixel QI and Clearink are the only two other alternatives and are not being used in any e-readers on the market. Basically, by monitoring E-Ink you can get a sense on how many units are being sold and what type of worldwide demand there is for dedicated e-readers. E-Reader sales in 2017 have been robust and are enjoying a resurgence in consumer interest. This is likely because Kobo has experienced tremendous success with the Kobo Aura One and the Kobo Aura. Onyx Boox has a number of units currently being marketed and they just announced three new models that will be going on sale soon. Remarkable has garnered a ton of media attention towards their 10 inch digital note taking device and have sold over 35,000 units. Amazon has the largest market share and their Paperwhite continues to be a solid growth driver and the newly announced Oasis with Audible integration will likely sell over a hundred thousand units in November, not including pre-orders. I think one of the big reasons why people are buying more e-readers this year is because they have a reason to upgrade. The new Kindle Oasis is the first Amazon branded device that is waterproof and can listen to any audiobook from the Audible library. The Oasis also features a seven inch screen, which results in more real estate for e-books to be displayed. The Kobo Aura One is most successful product in many years and I think it is the best one they ever made. They pioneered the concept of a brand new lightning system has RGB colors and serious readers are enamoured with the ability to borrow and read digital content from public libraries that do business with Overdrive. In the future, Kobo is likely to leverage their new audiobook subscription service so people can listen to them via Bluetooth. Here are a few other reasons why e-reader sales are doing very well in 2017 Amazon launched a new Kindle in China Boyue is enjoying tremendous success in China with JDREAD Bookeen partnered with a French retailer and the Nolim e-reader is being sold in 3,500 stores Pocketbook has expanded into Asia with a number of retailers Unlimited e-book lending was saturated for a number of years, Kindle Unlimited and Scribd are the only two companies left Google is now showing Overdrive e-books in search results for US users Kobo launched a new audiobook subscription service Kobo purchased Tolino and will not compete with them anymore in Germany Mainstream websites and newspapers are once again reviewing and hyping up new e-readers [adrotate banner="6"]
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eReader Market Forecast for 2018 (January to June) | The Digital Reader

eReader Market Forecast for 2018 (January to June) | The Digital Reader | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
With Amazon about to ship a new Kindle and Onyx teasing new models, everyone is wondering whether they should wait for new devices that may or may not be in the pipeline. In fact, I just got asked that question this morning: Do you think there will be major developments in the world of ereaders next year? i.MX 7, ACep, other E-ink screen…? What does your intuition tell you? Is that I like the new kindle Oasis… but I would hate that next year there would be important news. My recent record of predicting new hardware is mixed (for example, I was only half right on my Kindle prediction from January). That's why I am hesitant to speculate about what is coming next, but I can relate what we know is coming. For starters, there's no evidence to suggest that we'll see amazing new tech showing up in ereaders. This includes Freescale's i.MX 7 CPU, E-ink's color ACep screens, or the new and as yet unreleased screen tech from ClearInk. Yes, there's all sorts of hype, speculation, and promises by component makers, but the simple fact is that no ereader maker has committed to using the tech in their devices. [...]
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Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: Concern that Canadian Copyright Disaster Could Spread 

Frankfurt Book Fair 2017: Concern that Canadian Copyright Disaster Could Spread  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The 2012 Copyright Modernization Act in Canada has been a disaster for Canadian educational publishers. But concern over the law’s effects, observers say, is not limited to Canada.
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5 things everybody gets wrong about interactive books 

5 things everybody gets wrong about interactive books  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
The widespread of interactive books coincided with me getting into publishing studies and I couldn’t be any happier to live in this amazing age. I still remember my disbelief in 2009, when I first heard about hypertext and interconnected books. My professor seemed to be telling an impossible tale about a future where all quotes, …
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Why reading for pleasure is a serious business: Cressida Cowell on the vital importance of children’s literacy

Why reading for pleasure is a serious business: Cressida Cowell on the vital importance of children’s literacy | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
I have spent fifteen years writing the How to Train Your Dragon books, and over those fifteen years I have lost count of the times people have asked me, ‘Have you ever thought of writing for adults?’ as if writing for children was some sort of second best activity, something you do before moving on …
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Audiobooks.com launches in UK 

Audiobooks.com launches in UK  | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Canadian audiobook service Audiobooks.com is launching in the UK today with a catalogue of 70,000 titles.
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